May 21, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, LPN to BS

Sharon Hudacek, Ed.D., Director, LPN to BS Track

The LPN to BS in Nursing option is for students who have completed an accredited Licensed Practical Nurse program.

The licensed practical nurse (LPN) student is recognized as an adult learner who comes with diverse life experiences, education and clinical skills, as well as motivation and ability to learn independently.  To facilitate advanced placement, opportunity is provided for students to validate, by examination, previously acquired educational and clinical competencies.

Licensed practical nurses seeking admission to the baccalaureate nursing program must meet the admission criteria for the University and submit a valid Pennsylvania LPN license. LPNs enroll as students in The College of Graduate and Continuing Education.

Planning for Enrollment
During the final 4 semesters, a full-time student normally attends on-campus classes during the day 2-3 days per week, in addition to either on-campus labs or off-campus clinical labs two days per week. Clinical experiences typically occur during day or evening shifts. Most clinical sites are located within 10 to 30 minutes of the campus by car.

Nursing students are advised not to work during their course of study in the nursing program. Time management is crucial throughout the program; students who choose to work while attending school full-time often experience difficulty coordinating their educational, work, and personal commitments.  

Minimum Criteria for Enrollment in Nursing Courses
     •    Completion of specified prerequisite course work.
     •    A minimum of 2.00 [grade of C] in each prerequisite course.
     •    No more than one repeat of a prerequisite course.
     •    Students who score less than 13 on the math placement exam will be advised to take a remedial math course.
     •    Submit required civil, administrative, and criminal history clearance records.
     •    Must demonstrate the ability to meet the “Essential Functions of Nursing” described in the Policy Handbook of the Department of Nursing.  

LPN to BS Track Prerequisites (23 credits) must be completed with a C or higher:

     •    BIOL 110-111 - (E) Structure and Function of the Human Body   (8 credits)
     •    CHEM 110-111 - (E) Introductory Chemistry (6 credits)
     •    PSYC 210 - (Q) Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
     •    WRTG 107 - Composition (3 credits)
     •    C/IL 102 - Computing and Information Literacy (3credits)

NOTE:  ‘Prerequisite’ courses must be completed prior to enrolling in nursing courses, while ‘co-requisite’ courses may be completed concurrently with some nursing courses.

LPN-BS: Criteria for Progression in the Nursing Program
     •    A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70 in sophomore nursing course work (N241, N242, and N262).
     •    A cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher.

Credit by Examination [14cr lecture & 10.5cr lab/total of 24.5 credits]
All LPN-BS students are eligible to earn credits for clinical courses in the content areas of Fundamental Skills, Maternity, Pediatrics, and Basic Medical-Surgical Nursing.  The Clinical Skills Challenge Exams are offered in June and July of each year.  Enrollment in the Clinical Skills Challenge is required for the extended summer session.

Advanced Placement Options:
[14cr lecture] *NLN ACE II Exams - minimum decision score 120    
Maternity & Pediatric Nursing – Advanced Placement Exams [6cr] N373, N452
Medical Surgical Nursing –I and II Advanced Placement Exam [8cr] N251, N 350, N 371 
Clinical Labs - Practicum Testing [10.5cr lab]  
Maternity/Pediatrics & Basic Medical-Surgical Skills [10.5cr- 251L, 350L, 371L, 373L, 452L]

All LPNs are required to enroll in Nursing 450 and Nursing 450 Lab
Advanced Placement  examination credits are only applicable to the nursing major at the University of Scranton, are not calculated in the GPA, and are not transferrable to another major. Additional transfer or portfolio credits for other course work may be earned as per university and departmental policy.

In addition to major courses, students must complete required General Education Courses that may be taken at any level of the curriculum.

Course of Study in the Nursing Major (Upon completion of pre-requisite courses)

Level I
            Bio 210w/lab - Introductory Medical Microbiology  (3 cr)
            Nursing 241 - Perspectives in Professional Nursing (3cr)
            Nursing 262 - Pharmacology (1.5cr)

            Nursing 242/lab - Health, Illness & Assessment  (3cr)
            Nutrition 220 - Nutrition for the Health Professions (3cr)

Level II
            Nursing 350 - **Nursing Care of the Adult I (3cr)
            Nursing 352 - Mental Health Nursing/Lab (5.5cr)
            Nursing 360 - Pharmacology II (1.5cr)

            Nursing 371** - Nursing Care of the Adult II (3cr)
            Nursing 373** - Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family (3cr)
            Nursing 361 - Pharmacology III (1.5cr)

            Nursing 450w/lab - Nursing Care of the Adult III (5.5cr)
            Nursing 452** - Nursing Care of Children & Adolescents (3cr)
            Nursing 493 - Research in Nursing (3cr)

Level III
            Nursing 471w/lab - Community Health Nursing (3.5cr)
            Nursing 472w/lab - Advanced Nursing Concepts (6cr)
            Nursing 491 - Senior Seminar (1cr)    
Post Graduation Requirement

NCLEX Four [4] Day Review Course - After graduation

** Nursing Care of the Adult I & II (N350 and N371) - Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family (N373 and N 452) can be challenged by Advanced Placement examinations.      


LPN to BSN Curriculum

  Department and Number - Descriptive Title of Course Fall Cr. Spr.. Cr.

 First Year

GE NSCI CHEM 110-111 - (E) Introductory Chemistry  3 3
GE NSCI BIOL 110-111 - (E) Structure and Function of the Human Body  4 4
GE WRTG-SPCH WRTG 107 - Composition  - COMM 100 - Public Speaking  3 3
GE C/IL C/IL 102 - Computing and Information Literacy    3
GE PHIL-T/RS PHIL 120 - Introduction to Philosophy  3  
GE S/BH PSYC 110 - (S) Fundamentals of Psychology  3  
GE QUAN PSYC 210 - (Q) Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences PSYC    3
    16 16

Second Year

MAJOR NURS 241 - (W) Perspectives in Professional Nursing  3  
MAJOR NURS 242 - Health, Illness and Assessment    3
MAJOR NURS 251 - Fundamentals of Nursing  4*   4
MAJOR NURS 262 - Pharmacology I    1.5
COGNATE NUTR 220 - Nutrition for the Health Care Professions  1   3
COGNATE BIOL 210 - Introductory Medical Microbiology  3  
GE PHIL-T/RS PHIL 210 - Ethics  3  
GE PHIL-T/RS T/RS 121 - (P) Theology I: Introduction to the Bible  - T/RS 122 - (P) Theology II: Introduction to Christian Theology  3 3
GE HUMN HUMN ELECT Humanities Elective 6  
GE S/BH PSYC 225 - (S) Abnormal Psychology  3   3
    18 17.5

Third Year

MAJOR NURS 350 - Nursing Care of the Adult I *  - NURS 371 - Nursing Care of the Adult II * 5.5 5.5
MAJOR NURS 352-352L - Mental Health Nursing (W - lab only)  5.5  
MAJOR NURS 373 - Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family  *   5
MAJOR NURS 360 - Pharmacology II  - NURS 361 - Pharmacology III  1.5 1.5
GE PHIL - T/RS PHIL 212 - (P) Medical Ethics  3 3  
GE ELECT FREE ELECT Free Elective   3
    15.5 15

Fourth Year

MAJOR NURS 450 - Nursing Care of the Adult III  5.5  
MAJOR NURS 452 - Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents  * 4.5  
MAJOR NURS 493 - Research in Nursing  3  
MAJOR NURS 471 - (D) Community Health Nursing    3.5
MAJOR NURS 472 - Advanced Nursing Concepts  2   6
MAJOR NURS 491 - Senior Seminar    1
GE HUMN HUMN ELECT Humanities Elective 3 3
GE ELECT FREE ELECT Free Elective   3
    16 16.5

Total: 130.5 Credits  

* Credit by Exam Optional
Fall or spring semester
2 ROTC option available
3 Recommended by the department
4 Service Learning

*An approved 3-credit EP Foundation Course may be substituted for COMM 100  and C/IL 102 -C/IL 104 .  In this case, the total needed for graduation in this major may be reduced.  Consult with your advisor if you have questions.